THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC has been intolerably cruel to our seniors. Not only is it infecting and killing them at a rate far higher than the rest of the population, restrictions put in place to limit the virus’ spread treat seniors unfairly. We have eliminated their ability to socialize, to connect and to maintain bonds with their friends and their families.
For most seniors, the opportunity to socialize is the joy of life that keeps them getting up in the mornings. If they cannot sit and reminisce, tell jokes and stories, listen to their grandchildren tell them about the latest toy or video game just to see the glint in their eyes and hear the spark of excitement in their voices — if they can’t do those things, they might as well stay in bed.
Some seniors are fully equipped to maintain their social connections through technology, but even those few would say a Zoom call is scarcely a replacement for a one-on-one visit or a family gathering.
James Peters is the radio anchor at CFJC, coming to Kamloops in 2006. He anchors the afternoon news on B-100 and 98.3 CIFM, and contributes weekly editorials to the CFJC Evening News. He tweets regularly @Jamloops.